LOS ANGELES, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The city renowned as the entertainment capital of the world will roll out the red carpet to celebrate the nation's largest public literary festival when the Los Angeles Times, in association with UCLA, holds the 12th Annual Festival of Books. The event will take place Saturday April 28 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) and Sunday April 29 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) on the beautiful University of California campus in West L.A. "The Los Angeles Times is proud to host one of the most beloved and unique literary events in Southern California for the 12th straight year and we cherish the opportunity to promote literacy while bringing the world of books to life," said Publisher David D. Hiller. Over 130,000 book lovers are expected to attend the festival, which will bring together a notably hip, eclectic and entertaining group of celebrities, from the lovable mentor of "Project Runway" Tim Gunn to "Gilligan's Island" fashion plate Tina "Ginger" Louise, from Dr. Phil to gothic illusionist, musician and "Mindfreak" host Criss Angel, and from basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to "Mary Poppins" herself, Julie Andrews Edwards. The celebration will showcase many activities for fans of literary genres ranging from classics to comics and feature a literal who's who of writers, including "Conversations With" renowned authors such as Gore Vidal, Walter Mosley and Ray Bradbury. Book signings will meld with musical performances, groundbreaking poetry readings and cooking demonstrations from star chefs. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the people who pen the best-sellers as well as their publishers, explore hundreds of unique exhibits, experience dozens of staged events and even enjoy visits from popular children's characters. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books was created in 1996 by The Times to promote literacy and to unite those who create books with the people who love to read them. General event information, including a list of authors is available at http://www.latimes.com/events. Information is also available by calling 1-800-LA TIMES, ext. 7BOOK. Admission is free, but tickets are required to attend author/panel discussions and lectures. Because seating at those events is limited, free tickets will be available through select Ticketmaster locations in Southern California or for a $. 75 per ticket fee at Ticketmaster.com between 12 Noon, Sunday, April 22nd and 5:00 p.m., April 26th. A limited number of tickets will also be available on-site during the Festival. OTHER FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: Biography & History Biography: 20th Century Lives Biography: Icons on the Page Biography: Patriotism & Dissent Biography: Remarkable Lives History: The World Between Two Covers Current Events Always Running: The 2008 Election Crossing the Border: Immigrant Lives Current Interest: Profiles in Terror Current Interest: State of the Union Divided We Stand: Facing Tough Issues Iraq: What's Next? Land and Sea: The Health of the Planet Sands of Strife: The Middle East The Age of Spin: Controlling the Message Fiction Fiction: Delving Within Fiction: Dark Humor Fiction: Hearts and Minds Fiction: Hopes and Disappointments in the Promised Land Fiction: Jumping Off the Page Fiction: Laugh Lines Fiction: Lives on the Edge Fiction: Modern Myth Fiction: Novel Landscapes Fiction: Portraits in Time Fiction: Taking On the World Fiction: Through the Looking Glass Fiction: Visions of the South Fiction: Writing Across Genres First Novels: New Visions Fiction without Boundaries Blurring the Lines: Fiction & Mystery Inland Empire Fiction: The Other California Los Angeles Fiction: Living in Paradise The Power of Fiction Dracula's Children: Books with Bite Children & Young Adults Children's Books: Creating Today's Classics Children's Books: Picture Me This Young Adult Fiction: Writing for Teens & Tweens Young Adult Fiction: Reality Bites Hollywood/Entertainment Page & Screen The Business: How Hollywood Works Media & Journalism New Media: Blogging & Beyond Journalism: Getting the Story The Future of News Mystery Mystery: From One Murder to the Next Mystery: Death Becomes You Mystery: Perps & Vics Mystery: Conspiracy Theories Mystery: Keeping it Lighter Mystery: Southern California's Mean Streets Nonfiction Nonfiction: Humor and Attitude Nonfiction: The Ties That Bind Rx: Adventures in the World of Medicine Memoir: Lessons Learned Memoir: What Shapes Us Memoir: Hidden Truths True Crime: When It Happens to You Music: The L.A. Sound The New Adulthood: Why Should Kids Have All the Fun? Scripted Spaces: What is the West? Our Schools: What Works? Fault Lines: L.A. on the Page The Promised Land: California & the American Dream Outdoor/Travel The Global Village Poetry Poetry: Inspiring Lines Poetry: Chapter & Verse Publishing Publishing: The Brass Tacks The Future of Publishing Publishing: Independent Voices Religion Religion: The Politics of Faith Religion & Culture: Do They Mix? Science Science & Humanity: From the Past to the Future Writing Science Others: Critical Thinking: The Role of the Reviewer Litblogs: Words Online Books About Books Punching the Clock Twice: Writing After Hours The Sunday Funnies Film Screening Participants to be featured in "In Conversation with ....." or in solo sessions are: Dr. Phil McGraw in Conversation with Mitch Albom Ellen Burstyn in Conversation with Leonard Maltin Gore Vidal in Conversation with Jon Weiner Kirk Douglas in Conversation with Patt Morrison Lee Iacocca with an Introduction from David Hiller Jared Diamond in Conversation with Susan Diamond Jane Smiley in Conversation with David L. Ulin Jim Lehrer in Conversation with Sander Vanocur Joseph Wambaugh & James Ellroy in Conversation Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark in Conversation with Connie Martinson Michael Connelly in Conversation with Kit Rachlis Mitch Albom in Conversation with Frank McCourt Paul Conrad in Conversation with M.G. Lord Ralph Nader in Conversation with Marc Cooper Robert Crais & Harlan Coben in Conversation Walter Mosley in Conversation with Karen Grigsby Bates William Kittredge in Conversation with Tom Curwen Ray Bradbury T.C. Boyle Six Stages Featuring Celebrities, Discussions, Readings and Family Entertainment The ETC. Stage will offer a mix of discussion and musical performances from such artists as Define-A-Thon, Scott Fickas, Los Abandoned and Quinto Sol. The Reading by 9 Storytelling stage will also feature a mix of music and favorite children's book readings including: Emcee, Adam Rivers, Kylee Lin, Miss California Teen USA, Alan Katz, Storyteller, Jim Weiss and "Gilligan's Island" favorite Tina Louise, KidSpace Children's Museum, Children's Museum of Los Angeles' Readers Theatre Project, PBS' Jay Jay the Jet Plane, Beethoven's Wig and many more. The Target Reading Stage will feature an array of entertainment and book readings by Julie Andrews Edwards, Henry Winkler, Katherine Holabird, Angelina the Ballerina Stage Show, Rosemary Wells, Hi-5, The Justin Roberts Band, and many more. The Barnes & Noble Stage will showcase Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Gunn, Dan Matthews, Mike Farrell, Sherman Alexie, T. Jefferson Parker, and many more. The Cooking Stage will host Govind Armstrong, Dave Lieberman, Cat Cora, Ted Allen, Martin Yan, Barbara Fairchild & Janet McCracken, and Nancy Silverton. The Poetry Stage will have a wonderful line-up including Mark Doty, Jane Miller, David St. John, Carol Muske-Dukes and many more. Festival of Book Sponsors The presenting sponsor for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is Target and the major sponsors are Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Borders Bookstores and Ticketmaster. Contributing Sponsors for the event are Ghirardelli, Time Warner, and Toyota's "Highway to the Future: Mobile Hybrid Experience." Supporting sponsors are Chronicle Books, Geffen Playhouse, Jiffy Lube and Luxe Hotel and KRLA Talkradio 870, KABC Talkradio 790, Radio Disney (KDIS-1110 AM), KCRW 89.9, KPFK 90.7 are the festival's media sponsors. Los Angeles Times Book Prize Awards Ceremony The 27th annual presentation of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes will be held Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m., in UCLA's Royce Hall. PBS Newshour host Jim Lehrer will emcee the event, and the ceremony will recognize William Kittredge with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement as well as honor books in nine categories. The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, established in 1980, celebrate outstanding literary achievement in biography, current interest, fiction, first fiction, history, mystery/thriller, poetry, science and technology, and young adult fiction. Tickets are required for the Book Prizes ceremony and are on sale at UCLA's Central Ticket Office 310-825-2101 and online at www.tickets.ucla.edu under "Special Events" (a surcharge applies). Tickets are $18 for a reserved seat only. Special $65 tickets include a buffet dinner (6-7:45 p.m.) with many of the nominated authors at the UCLA Faculty Center, a prime reserved ceremony seat and convenient Royce Hall parking. About the Los Angeles Times The Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country, with a daily readership of nearly 2.2 million and 3.3 million on Sunday. The Los Angeles Times and its media businesses -- including latimes.com, The Envelope/theenvelope.com, Times Community Newspapers, Recycler Classifieds, Hoy, and California Community News -- reach approximately 8.1 million or 62% of all adults in the Southern California marketplace every week. 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